NLBWA's History

The National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA) is national association created to champion effective programs and services that address the unique context Latinas face in business and professions. Through a network of chapters across the country, NLBWA’s mission is to promote, develop and support the rapid growth and successes of Latina business owners and professionals through increased representation, mentorship and networking opportunities.

 NLWBA was founded in May 2003 when fifteen women set out to create an organization that provided a voice for the needs of the Latina business owner, which has become this country’s fastest growing business segment. The first chapter was formed in Los Angeles, California with 120 members. Since then NLBWA has opened chapters in Sacramento, Orange County, Central California, San Diego, Inland Empire and Atlanta, Georgia.

NLBWA has created a signature program for the Latina business owner, known as the "Emerging Latina Program." This program offers women educational materials on how to start-up a business, and make it successful. NLBWA also hosts an annual conference and recognizes member successes through our Gala awards event.

NLWBA is dedicated to strengthening the wealth capacity of its members and the economic development of its communities. It focuses on innovative and effective changes in business culture, builds strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations, and transforms public policy and influences opinion makers.